At Red Rabbit, we believe that teaching kids where their food comes from and how it is grown is key to helping kids make better food choices. Suddenly, kale goes from being another strange-looking green leaf to something they remember harvesting at their local community garden, making it far more familiar and appealing.
With summer right around the corner, we're looking forward to the bounty of local fruits and vegetables coming into season as well as the many fun outdoor events and educational programs hosted in New York City. Read on for our pick of kid-friendly, food and garden related events and days out, in and around NYC this summer.
What: Saturdays and Sundays, Stone Barns hosts a variety of seasonal, hands-on activities and drop-in tours all included with your one-day admission ticket (Kids under 14 FREE, $22 for adults). Check out the petting zoo, or their sustainable vegetable garden. They even have chickens!
Where: 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591.
When: Every weekend until November
What: When the heat hits the city, gather the team and head over to one of the best parks (with the best views) in the city! On the historic site where the Domino Sugar Factory used to
be, you and your kids can now stroll along the river, admiring the sprawling lawns, and stopping off on splash pads and swings along the way. Don't miss the homemade tortillas at Tacocina.
Where: Williamsburg, 15 River Street, Brooklyn 11249
When: Open Monday - Sunday 6am-1am
What: Grocery shopping doesn't have to be boring! As usual, GrowNYC has brand new markets popping up all over the city. Turn it into an educational adventure and find the craziest fruits and veggies you can find. Ever tried a scape? What about romanesco or sunchokes? The best part is, anything you buy can be eaten for dinner.
Where: Find one near you. Our favorite (and typically the biggest) is the Union Square market. Located at Union Square West and 17th Street.
When: Varies. Union Square is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8am-6pm (shop before they run out).